Despite the lack of points on offer, this low-profile competition usually attracts high-ranked players because of its close proximity to the Australian Open that is played weeks from it.
What adds to its charm is that the Auckland Open is the only WTA tennis tournament played in New Zealand allowing some of the Kiwi women players to participate in it.
The players participating in the WTA Auckland will be revealed in the time to come.
All those details along with live streaming and TV options will be updated here. The qualifying rounds will be held a couple of days before the start of the tournament.
The ASB Tennis Centre will host the competition as it had last season too and Julia Goerges will begin the tournament as the defending champion.
Goerges had beaten Caroline Wozniacki in the final , to clinch the title. Incidentally, just like this year, these two were the top two seeds in the tournament.
Wozniacki defeated American qualifier Sachia Vickery in straight sets in the first semi-final while Goerges was a , winner over Hsieh Su-wei in the other semi-final.
Others who took part in the competition in but were knocked out earlier were Barbora Strycova, the recently-retired Agnieszka Radwanska and seeds fifth to eighth, Lauren Davis, Yulia Puntintseva, Mona Barthel and Donna Vekic, all of whom were knocked out in the first round.